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October 27, 2021 Wednesday 12:10:09 PM IST

Significance of Developing kindness among Students

Dr. John-Tyler Binfet and Dr. Sally Stewart recently published a study that explores how the inclusion of a kindness assignment in an undergraduate course impacted student perceptions of themselves, their peers and their campus. Thousands of university students returned to class across Canada, and the researchers note that while living in the times of COVID-19 every act of kindness goes a long way. Kindness is an important act which brings good to us as well as others. For the study, volunteer students provided self-reports to determine the extent they see themselves as kind in online and face-to-face interactions, and how connected they felt to their peers and the campus. The students were then asked to plan and complete five kind acts for one week. A person being kind yields a number of wellbeing benefits, such as stress reduction, happiness and peer acceptance. This helps in attaining better mental health which impacts learning. This kind of research can help students to realize that there is evidence behind how and why people are kind, and that kindness does impact health and wellbeing of living beings.